The other day I was reading through some old newspaper clippings. I found one about how much the rich would be willing to pay for something. At the top of the list was "a place in heaven". How much would they be willing to pay? Drum roll please . . . $640,000! You can read for yourself the rest of the categories and amounts:
Place in Heaven: $640,000
True Love: $487,000
Great Intellect: $407,000
Eternal Youth: $259,000
Reunion/Lost Love: $206,000
Great Beauty: $83,000
Being President: $55,000
Source: USA Today 10/24/97 1A
Naturally, I found it very interesting that people were willing to pay more for a place in heaven than anything else! After my initial "response" my heart was troubled.
Obviously, those surveyed, did not understand the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. If someone had asked me, "How much would you pay for a place in heaven?" my response would be "nothing." "Jesus has already paid it ALL." I would then proceed to explain that no one can buy a place in heaven. Heaven is a free gift to everyone who knows Jesus Christ as their Savior. You can’t work for it; you can’t buy it; you can’t attend enough church services to obtain it; you can’t give enough money to secure it; and you can’t do enough good deeds to earn it!
Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it so clear: "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."
Yes, salvation is a gift. Have you received the gift? Or, are you trying to earn your salvation? If you have never placed your faith in Jesus Christ, why not do so right now? Following is a suggested prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to live in a way that will be honoring to you. Amen
Did you know that the word "Gospel" means "good news"? Why don't you go and tell your spouse or friend that you have invited Christ into your life and share the good news with them?
©2000 Ethan Pope